These Chic Summer Wardrobe Essentials Make Will Help You Create the Ultimate Capsule
With so many exciting things on the schedule this season, the last thing you want to be stressing over is your outfit! But we’ve got great news: You can show up to every occasion feeling effortlessly chic when you create your own capsule collection of summer wardrobe essentials! By investing in a few select pieces, putting together an ensemble worth coveting is foolproof. And thankfully, we’ve rounded up some serious style experts to help you shop.
You already know and love our CURATEUR-in-chief Rachel Zoe. Rachel’s editorial eye is used to pick every product in our Shoppe and our curations, but this season she actually helped design the Rivera Hat in our summer box, so she know what makes a summer wardrobe essential! The same goes for Walter Baker—a well established designer and founder of his eponymous label—who is responsible for the Acapulco Kaftan in the box! Together these pieces are a great start to your capsule collection, so of course we couldn’t think of anyone better than Rachel and Walter to elaborate on the other items that can help you pull it all together!
If you’ve already signed up to receive our summer box, congratulations! Your summer wardrobe is coming along nicely (the included tote is also an MVP!). If not, head HERE to get curations like this every season! We also have tons of items in The Shoppe that can help you complete your collection—from colorful earrings to oversized bags, and of course more than a few pairs of stunning sunnies—all available to members for exclusive prices!
Read on to learn what Rachel’s and Walter recommend for summer wardrobe essentials, plus see some Shoppe favorites that fit the bill! Want even more inspiration for your seasonal style? Visit our members-only e-storefront for all the newness and start curating your unique capsule now!
Rachel lives in her kaftans no matter the season, but if you’re new to this wardrobe piece, she explains that summer is the time to try one! “A flowy silhouette is ideal in hot weather,” our CURATEUR-in-chief says. “But if you’re worried about it feeling too casual, simply dress it up with layers of jewelry and a pair of heels. It works for me every time!” And Baker adds that his favorite use of a kaftan is tossed over a swimsuit. If you want something super versatile, just choose one in a neutral color, like ivory or black!
“I designed the Riviera Hat this season to make any look feel more complete, but still so laid-back,” Rachel explains. Her favorite way to wear this type of hat is paired with your chic beachwear or resort wear (like a kaftan, obviously!). Go monochromatic to feel even more pulled together!
Clearly sunglasses are an essential for practical purposes, but there’s no reason they can’t be super stylish! “Sunglasses are an accessory I’m always associated with—and for good reason,” Rachel says. “They’re such an easy way to punctuate any look and any mood, whether you want to look super glamorous or classically cool.”
Lightweight Layering Piece
A cardigan, shawl, or even a pullover is a functional piece that can also be so fashionable! Pro tip: Pick something lightweight so it’s easier to pack or carry with you. “Keep one stashed in your oversized bag for when the ocean breeze is too strong or the sun starts to set,” Baker suggests.
“A breezy dress is an obvious choice for staying cool and looking hot,” Baker shares. Whether you go crisp and clean (like an oversized shirt dress) or flowy and floral, just make sure you pick something with a little movement to keep you comfortable in the heat while still providing maximum chicness.
This season, size matters when it comes to your bag. “A mini bag (no matter how cute) just won’t cut it at the beach,” Baker explains. “Bring a stylish catch-all so you don’t leave any essentials behind.”
A Pop of Color
“Bright colors are easier to add in small doses,” Rachel says. “Try it this season with jewelry, a hair accessory, or a bag. Paired with neutrals, these pieces will stand out without being overwhelming!”